Child Sexual Exploitation Resources

What is Child Sexual Exploitation?

Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is a type of sexual abuse in which children are sexually exploited for money, power or status.

Some people form relationships with young people to use them for sex.

People who do this want young people to think they are a friend, or a boyfriend or girlfriend and may try to trick them into believing they’re in a loving, consensual relationship. They want to gain their trust. The young people might be invited to parties and given drugs and alcohol. They may also be groomed online. These people might also use bribes, threats, humiliation and even violence to get power over them. They can use that power to force them to have sex, or do sexual things, with them and sometimes with other people. This is sexual exploitation and it’s a crime.

It happens to boys and girls and can be really hard to spot. Often people think they’re in a good relationship, even after things have turned bad.

But there are warning signs. It’s really important that you know how to spot them so you can protect yourself and your friends.

Some children and young people are trafficked into or within the UK for the purpose of sexual exploitation. Sexual exploitation can also happen to young people in gangs.

Think U Know is a website which explains for children of your age what is classed as Child Sexual Exploitation. It has some really interesting videos and resources showing you how easy it is be exploited. Check out The story of Jay.

More CSE Information

For more information on the Rose Campaign (Reaching out on Sexual Exploitation) which raises the awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation in Norfolk and provides a helpline 0808 800 1037 and live chat facility at for anyone concerned or affected by the issues. The Rose Project includes befriending victims of sexual exploitation, working with young people who runaway from home or care, delivering keeping safe work with young people involved in risky sexual behaviour and a dedicated youth work programme.